James Andrews of the U.K. Wins International Prize for Ag Tech Reporting

WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands (July 11, 2018)—James Andrews of Farmers Weekly in the United Kingdom was recognized by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) with its first-ever IFAJ/Caterpillar Prize for AgTech Reporting award, a new prize for reporting on agricultural technology. Andrews’ “Tips for Getting Your Fleet Geared Up for Guidance,” which ran in Farmers Weekly, was selected from three dozen entries from around the world. His award was announced at IFAJ’s World Congress in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on July 11.

Jane Craigie, from the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists, receives the Caterpillar Ag Tech Reporting prize on behalf of winner James Andrews. Presenting the award are (l. to r.) Adrian Bell, IFAJ Treasurer, and Owen Roberts, IFAJ President.

Judges—who included Dr. Belinda Clarke of Agri-Tech East in the U.K., Chris Dunkley of the U.K.’s Royal Agricultural University and Adrian Krebs of BauernZeitung in Switzerland—commented on the article’s strong focus on providing value to the reader through comparisons and “good, straightforward journalism.” Andrews received a trophy and a cash prize.

The judges selected two articles for Runner-Up awards in the contest: “Trifocals for the Farm” by Jim Patrico of DTN/Progressive Farmer in the U.S. and “Leave a Light On (Or Off)” by American journalist Gil Gullickson of Successful Farming. They also awarded a Highly Commended certificate to Peter Hill of the U.K. for “How Soon Can Electric Drive Be A Reality for Mainstream Tractors?” which was published in Future Farming.

“This new award highlights the skills that agricultural journalists around the world use to bring new technology into focus and context for farmers, and celebrates the vital role that ag journalists play in keeping their readers informed of developments that can help them feed, clothe and fuel the world,” said Steve Werblow, secretary-general of IFAJ. “It’s exciting to open a new award program to highlight agricultural technology, and to kick it off with such outstanding winners.”

Winning entries may be found at the IFAJ website, www.www.ifaj.org. The AgTech Reporting Award is sponsored by Caterpillar.